DENVER — Last December, Denver police reported a major increase in the number of marijuana-related arrests in the city’s schools.
Parents were outraged at the 39% increase in a single year — the year in which Colorado legalized recreational marijuana sales. But it turned out the number of underage users was wrong.
That’s because while filling out their reports, some police officers used the now-archaic “marihuana” spelling. Data analysts pulling the numbers forgot to look for the old spelling in the old records and came up with inaccurate totals. The revised numbers showed only a 6% increase.
The snafu over the spelling highlights what’s turning into a heated debate within the legal and increasingly mainstream marijuana community. [Read more at USA Today]
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